Anything and Any ThingThere is often confusion over anything and any thing.
AnythingAnything (one word) is a pronoun that means a thing of any kind (i.e., a thing, no matter what it is).
- Positive anything is better than negative nothing. (Elbert Hubbard)
- When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high. (Wilma Rudolph)
- A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. (Albert Einstein)
Any ThingThe two-word version (any thing) is used to emphasize that you are referring to any object, as opposed to any person, animal, or idea.
- If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred. (Walt Whitman) (Any thing (two words) can often be substituted with any one thing.)
- You may not take pictures of people, but you can take a picture of any thing.
- Every movie is like a little company, and any little thing can ruin it. (Ryan Kavanaugh)
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